+ Recruiter Brett
The recipe for an award-winning medical staffing agency? Ingredients include:
- A dash of humor
- A heavy hand of candor
We decided to highlight that connection this year with our "Secret Sauce" blog series. This month, read about traveling Laboratory Scientist, Sandy and how she found a recruiter who cares even when he doesn't have to, Brett Robertson.
How did you meet your recruiter, Brett?
Sandy: Well, he stalked me a little when I was a traveler for another agency but I had a gig. Then I became permanent and the point person to hire travelers for a lab. As I worked with Brett I liked the way he treated his travelers and decided to give him a chance when I decided to get back on the road. This relationship has continued since and I don't regret a moment of it. When I hear of someone unhappy with their recruiter I always recommend they connect with Brett because I know that he will take care of them.
What do you like most about him?
Sandy: That he cares. He doesn't have to but he does.
What impressed me the most about him happened when I wasn't even one of "his" travelers. I was the Educator up in Alaska and over the travelers in the lab. One of them approached me worried that she couldn't drive in the snow. When I found out that she didn't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle I immediately contacted Brett. He had it handled that day. Honestly, that was the day that I knew that if I ever went back to traveling he would be my recruiter.
Brett: She is an amazing person with a fantastic work ethic and great sense of humor!
What is one word that best describes your recruiter and why?
Sandy: Patient. 🙂
Brett: Versatile—she can walk into any lab and immediately be an asset, so much that every facility that I send her tries to hire her perm.
Breaking it up a bit; let's see how similar these two labbies are:
Snow or sand?
Pizza or burger?
Call or text?
East or West coast?
Sandy: West coast.
Brett: West coast.
Pancake or waffle?
4/5 ain't bad!
Spill the beans—any funny, interesting or out-of-the-ordinary stories?
Sandy: All of our phone conversations have me absolutely rolling on the floor. We always have each other laughing. I cannot wait to have a beer with Brett in person!
Brett: Sandy was working in Fairbanks, AK where they do a midnight run (more like bar crawl) during the summer. Everyone wears costumes; Sandy, her daughter and some of her coworkers, all dressed up as mermaids. Based on the pics that I had seen, it looks like it was a fun time.
What's the most important thing to you when deciding to work with a recruiter?
Sandy: Be honest, be yourself, be open. Wait, that's three things. Maybe I should add follow directions to the list?
When deciding to work with a traveler?
Brett: For me, it is truly being able to establish a good, trusting, relationship. I want my travelers to know that I am there for them and am here to help however I can and hope for the same in return.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Sandy: A dancer.
Brett: Either a police officer or ninja...it was a coin flip. 😀
What's the biggest misconception people have about your job?
Sandy: People have absolutely no idea what I do. Maybe that I am a phlebotomist?
Brett: That we send travelers all over the country then never chat with them or care how their assignment is going.
Why did you decide to become a traveler, or recruiter?
Sandy: To feed my gypsy spirit.
Brett: Had a buddy in the industry that first got me interested, but it was Triage's culture and their values that drew me in.
What's the best part of being a traveler, or recruiter?
Sandy: I get to go on the most amazing adventures. I also get to meet people that I would not have met normally. It is just an awesome lifestyle.
Brett: Getting to meet a ton of different lab people and being able to live vicariously through them; through their experiences, stories and pics.
What motivates you?
Sandy: Family, friendships, connections, adventures, love, life, joy, pizza, beer, whisky.....?
Brett: My family.
Sandy: Brett. Seriously I would follow him wherever he goes.
Brett: Truly it was the culture and values that Triage has instilled that attracted me.
Ready to take the leap and become a traveling laboratory pro? There's no time like the present. Set up a time to chat with Brett.
If you're a medical pro in a different field who's ready to go after it, apply today or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you have about traveling with Triage.